“I did not beg him to stay because I was begging God that he would not leave.” -Warsan Shire, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth
She is one of my favorite poets ever, her works are mesmerizing and the writing is very easy to understand. I came across her poetry a few years ago. You may heard of the poem “For the women who are difficult to love” she also wrote that. If you girls have time please read or listen to it.
Teaching my mother how to give birth, what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire’s ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times – as in Tayeb Salih’s work – and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Saadawi. -Goodreads
If you like poetry, you might want to try this book. This is available in eBook and in print.